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Guanacaste-Nicoya Vessel Depicting the Head of Tlaloc - PF.3713
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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This pear-shaped jar rests on a flared pedestal foot and tapers to a wide neck. From the shoulder to the rim the jar is painted with multiple horizontal bands containing various design elements, some containing jaguars, others containing symbols possibly related to jaguars. A human head effigy occupies the main body of the jar. The eyes are small, but prominent, outlined in black paint below heavy black brows. The nose is small and slightly retroact, the lips are apart, exposing teeth, and the orange paint around them is continued along the cheeks, symbolizing face paint. On the foot rim there is a repeating jaguar motif. The vessel is very symbolic and may relate to the god of hunting. The orange paint used for the ear decorations symbolizes gold, and therefore status. - (PF.3713)


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